Allotment gardening is a creative and enjoyable leisure activity which all the family can take part in at a low cost.
Tenants generally grow a variety of vegetables in an organic way, for family consumption. The plot can also be used to grow flowers, herbs and fruit, and some plots are available for poultry and pigeons.
For more information on what is and isn't allowed on allotments, and other rules, please see the allotment agreement.
Benefits include the satisfaction of growing your own fresh food in a chemical-free environment, in an organic, natural way. This is food that you've grown yourself, fresh from your plot, which hasn't travelled thousands of miles before it reaches your plate.
Vegetables are high in fibre, good for the digestive system, and an important source of vitamins and minerals. Read more about growing your own fruit and vegetables.
Allotment tenants also benefit from fresh air and plenty of exercise.
Middlesbrough has eight allotment sites with over 900 plots at Saltersgill, Berwick Hills, Whitehouse, Beechwood, Town Farm, Letitia Street (Newport), Hemlington, and Coulby Newham.
Please note that only residents in South Middlesbrough with a TS8 postcode can apply for a plot at either Coulby Newham and Hemlington allotment sites.
The size of allotment plots vary from site to site, standard plots (approx. 200m2) are classed as 'medium', for which the current rent is £67 per annum. Smaller plots (classed as 'small') are between 50-100m2 and are charged at £35 per annum. Only one plot can be allocated to new tenants.
The council manages and maintains all sites (except Saltersgill) including looking after tenancy details, undertaking regular inspections, taking enforcement action, dealing with complaints, organising repairs and refuse collections, issuing of invoices and taking payments.
Tenants can pay for their allotment plot online.
Currently there are waiting lists for all sites.
Saltersgill allotment is run by Saltersgill Allotment Association, and to apply for an allotment you must contact them directly, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to find out more about becoming an allotment tenant, please call 01642 726001.